The first heats of the 2019/20 Club Championship were quite a challenge for the 20 sailors who were brave enough to compete on this chilly early Spring day. The forecast was for a very strong Westerly and Mother Nature didn’t let us down. In fact, the start of racing was postponed for 30 minutes to let the breeze die down a bit, and the course was set inside Clark Island to lessen the impact of the 25+ knot Westerly that was blowing. There were plenty of capsizes, a few broken parts and many sore muscles by the time racing was complete.
In the Radials, Otto Henry was victorious both races. In the Standards, it was Ian Alexander in Race 1 and in the second race Geoff Kirk crossed the finish line first. Emily Ball was the only courageous 4.7 sailor to brave the rodeo ride, and despite a broken mast, still had a smile on her face at the end of the day. Congrats to all the hearty competitors.
After the tough racing the fleet was happy to dig into a beautiful BBQ on the clubhouse deck. Thanks to Paul Adam, Shirley Roach and Clare Alexander for whipping up such a delicious feast.
Thanks also to last week’s race management volunteers for doing a great job in some tough conditions: PRO Mark Bethwaite, assisted by David Devlin and Diana Valia Chen; COTD Kirk Marcolina assisted by Justin Davey, CoCOTD David Airey assisted by Mark Crowhurst, and Canteen Assistants Jules Hall and Geoff Boscoe.